I come in the little things, Saith the Lord: Yea, on the glancing wing of eager birds, the softly pattering feet of furred and gentle beasts. I come in the little things, Saith the Lord: Not borne on the morning's wings of majesty, but I have set My feet amidst the delicate and bladed wheat. I come in the little things, Saith the Lord.
-Evelyn Underhill

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flying Lessons

Angels fly because they carry no burdens.

~The Angels’Little Instruction Book

The butterfly, a cabbage-white,
(His honest idiocy of flight)
Will never now, it is too late,
Master the art of flying straight,
He has—who knows so well as I?—
A just sense of how not to fly:
He lurches here and here by guess
And God and hope and hopelessness.
Even the aerobatic swift
Has not his flying—crooked gift.

~Robert Graves


  1. The poor butterfly with the crooked flight pattern darting here and there. Cute poem!

  2. I never heard of this kind of butterfly, so of course I googled it and I found a YouTube video of how to control the little buggers, who are apparently MAJOR garden pests. It did show its very peculiar "lurchy" kind of flight pattern too. Robert Graves did an excellent job describing it, and you captured it beautifully too. Never fails - I ALWAYS learn something on your blogs, Cathy. Hope you're not having a massive cabbage white infestation right now. For a pesky little bugger, it's quite delicate and pretty. Take care and talk to you soon. :>)

    1. Janet, the caterpillars eat plants in the mustard family (cabbage, radish) which I don't have, so they're not a pest for me. The butterflies must find my garden enticing because they love purple flowers, which I have an abundance of.

  3. Lovely poem and photos :) Lots of Large and Small Whites on buddleia flowers in our garden at the moment :)


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